NRB organizes a webinar on understanding and combating contemporary antisemitism — NRB
A live online conversation with Dr. Susan Michael, US Director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ)and EJ Kimball, Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement at Movement for the fight against anti-Semitism (CAM)explored the escalation of contemporary anti-Semitism and the crucial role Christians play in combating this form of hatred.
At the 2022 NRB Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, the NRB Board of Directors approved a resolution renewing NRB’s commitment to fighting antisemitism and highlighting the opportunity for Christian media professionals to engage on this issue.
Following on from the Israeli breakfast and the resolution on combating anti-Semitism, NRB Director of Public Policy and Communications Noelle Garnier had a live chat with Michael and Kimball to discuss topics such as the precise definition of anti-Semitism, the history and current reality of “oldest hatred”, and how Christian communicators can unite against anti-Semitism.
Kimball discussed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which encompasses contemporary elements beyond what the public may already recognize as antisemitism, including “some perception of Jews that can be expressed as hatred towards Jews”. The IHRA definition adds, “Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed at Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, at Jewish community institutions and religious establishments.”
Michael gave an overview of the different forms of anti-Semitism seen throughout history and today. On the issue of religious anti-Semitism, Michael shared that the history of the treatment of Jewish people is not well covered in churches, Bible studies, seminaries or schools. She recommended more comprehensive education about the history of anti-Semitism, as well as a realistic understanding that “Christian anti-Semitism is not just a problem of the past, but exists today.”
Kimball urged viewers to take a grassroots, cross-generational approach to tackling antisemitism, engaging in dialogue with younger generations and building relationships “with fellow Jews in your community and making antisemitism a local issue. “. Michael called reports of growing anti-Semitism a “warning sign that needs to be addressed.”
The conversation ended with a brief discussion of visiting Israel and visiting the region. Both panelists highlighted the captivating beauty and inspiration of the Holy Land, calling it “awe-inspiring” and “life-changing” to experience biblical sites and see sights such as the City of David, the Dead Sea , the Judean Desert and even archaeological digs. where new discoveries are made.
Michael encouraged Christian communicators to invest in tourism in Israel because “it’s something very practical that we can do to start relations between Jews and Christians.”